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UPDATE: 2 American university employees among dead in Kabul

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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KABUL, Afghanistan -- The American University of Afghanistan says that two of its U.S. employees were among those killed in a Taliban attack on a popular Kabul restaurant that left 21 people dead, including 13 foreigners.

Michael Smith, president of the private nonprofit institution, said Saturday that families of the victims were being informed and arrangements being made to send their remains home.

He did not identify the employees out of respect for the families, but said one had just recently joined the faculty of political science and the other was a member of the student affairs staff.

The university, which has more than 1,000 students, was established in 2006 and has a number of Americans on its staff.


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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says four United Nations personnel have been killed in the "horrific attack" on a Kabul restaurant.

Officials say a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a Kabul restaurant filled with foreigners and affluent Afghans having dinner Friday night, while two gunmen sneaked in through the back door and opened fire.

The U.N. chief condemned Friday's attack "in the strongest terms," saying "such targeted attacks against civilians are completely unacceptable and are in flagrant breach of international humanitarian law," U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said.

Ban said the U.N. personnel, who were not identified, were among at least 14 foreigners and Afghans killed, including a number of people from other international organizations.

He demanded an immediate end to the attacks.


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